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About UMF

UMF Association

UMF stands for Unique Manuka Factor, it’s an organisation dedicated to test and grade honey in the market to make sure consumers get the best of the best and no counterfeit products slip through.

They have a scientifically approved process to test honey that goes to market.

Accreditation

UMF Trademark

In 1995, A honey producer in New Zealand met with New Zealand trade enterprise officials to discuss the unique properties of Manuka honey and how to differentiate it from normal honey. In 1997, meetings were held and a trademark was developed. It’s the trademark that is still used to present day, called the UMF quality trademark. In 2004, the first audits for market grade Manuka honey were conducted.
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The Grading System

Mānuka honey contains a natural chemical called Methylglyoxal that is unique to it. The higher the percentage of Methylglyoxal, higher the UMF rating.

The Process

Mānuka honey contains a natural chemical called Methylglyoxal that is unique to it. The higher the percentage of Methylglyoxal, higher the UMF rating.

Verification

Independent auditors are appointed to check the quality of honey from samples taken from the marketplace. Random testing helps keep counterfeit products at bay.

International Standardised Testing

In whichever part of the world where Manuka honey is sold, there is a standard process in place to test the quality of Manuka honey. So wherever you buy Manuka honey, you are guaranteed to get only the original.

Scientific Research

The UMF Honey Association continue to invest heavily in scientific research that helps in bettering the testing process of honey.

The Genuine Manuka Honey

There are about 100 beekeepers, producers and exporters who have the license.

If you want to find out if the honey you are buying is genuine, then all you have to do is head on to the UMFHA Members page and search for the brand that you intend to buy.